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Jarrett Patterson Out With A Foot Sprain, Questionable For Season Opener

Notre Dame captain Jarrett Patterson is questionable for the season opener against Ohio State
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame guard Jarrett Patterson is questionable for the season opener at Ohio State with a foot sprain. The Fighting Irish offensive lineman was absent from Wednesday morning’s practice, and head coach Marcus Freeman addressed his status at a Thursday press conference, and noted Patterson will need 10 days to rest before really knowing where things stand.

Patterson is Notre Dame’s most experienced offensive lineman and was expected to be an anchor for the line. The fifth-year graduate student has made 34 starts over the last three seasons. There is no one with as many career starts on the Fighting Irish roster this fall.

All 34 of Patterson’s starts have come at center, but he had been working at a new position during fall training camp. Patterson moved to left guard after the emergence of Zeke Correll at center during spring practice.

The move to guard came about after Patterson suffered a torn pectoral muscle at the beginning of the team’s spring practices. His absence gave Correll, who had been the No. 2 center, a chance to show his stuff the rest of spring and Correll seized the opportunity.

This is the latest in a string of misfortunes for Patterson. In addition to the pectoral injury, he has now had two foot injuries that have cost him playing time in the last three seasons.

The Laguna Hills, California native suffered a late season foot injury against Boston College in 2020 and missed the last four games of that season, including the ACC Championship Game against Clemson and the College Football Playoff semifinal against Alabama.

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